When I have gone to the Royal Winter Fair for 4-H or the Holstein Show it was easy to be intimidated. There were lots of big agricultural counties with higher populations and more farmland. It was a long trip to Toronto from my farm in Beachburg. Through the maze of the Toronto crowds I could not help but regularly bump into a Renfrew County neighbor, friend or relative that was competing in their various specialties.
I wondered what percent of Renfrew County’s population had travelled to Toronto in November to compete against the best in the province, or country. Who was left at home to milk the cows?! Renfrew County produces some of the best agricultural products in the province, country and even the world. We prove that every year at the Royal.
Renfrew County does not need to ship our top quality grains to large multinational corporate distilleries along the great lakes so they can sell it back to us as expensive spirits. Renfrew County is home to the best skilled farmers in the world so it makes total sense that we can be home to the best skilled distillers in the world as well. These are lofty goals but I get encouraged every November when I hear of a local Renfrew County farmer taking home top honors from the Royal. If you know someone that would make a good distiller, send them our way.